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Do you sometimes think that it's just futile to keep playing for the big one?

NO [ 13 ]  [24.53%]
YES [ 19 ]  [35.85%]
MAYBE [ 2 ]  [3.77%]
To think this way is negative [ 5 ]  [9.43%]
It's not hurting me financially [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
I'm doing just fine [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
This is my only hope in getting out of the ra race [ 8 ]  [15.09%]
To me, it's just a hobby [ 1 ]  [1.89%]
This poll stinks [ 5 ]  [9.43%]
Other [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
Total Valid Votes [ 53 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 2 ]  
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Posted: July 30, 2007, 11:37 pm - IP Logged

hey pac, what in heavens is that avatar.  ?! Smile

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    Posted: July 31, 2007, 12:43 am - IP Logged

    People who say they knew they'd win ALWAYS think they know they are going to win.  How many losses did it take for that one win to take place?  Think about that one.

    And, to answer the question, no.  Playing the lottery serves the same purpose as playing any other game – fun! 

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      Posted: July 31, 2007, 1:44 am - IP Logged

      True, but in a recent blog entry, you stated that you've been playing for 12 years now, and you haven't even hit a 5 of 6 yet.

      I know where it ends up.....in the waste basket...lol

      Sure, keep rubbing the salt in the wound, Pac. 

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        Posted: July 31, 2007, 2:20 am - IP Logged

        I had 5 of 5 a few yrs. ago (but low payout) but I did beat odds at the time of 500,000 to 1 per ticket played (played 2) so I beat odds of 250K to 1. Using a program. It CAN be done and the better your system is the better your chances. Those who say "it's luck" live in RNG states or they need to write a better program.

        LckyLary

        If we say " a few years ago" was two years ago and 5 out of 5 was a Pick 5 game played daily, the fact that your program hit 5 for 5 once out of 730 draws (assuming a daily draw) is still luck.  

        Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

        Lep

        There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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          Posted: July 31, 2007, 2:43 am - IP Logged

          You gotta be in it to win it!

          I haven't played the 6/42 lottery for over 4 months now, so i don't expect to win the big one lol
          On the other hand, people that state "i don't play the lottery, i save $12 each week" are talking out of their behinds, and is so lame.

          The odds of getting struck by lightning are better for one than to win the big one,
          yet people get struck by lightning every day.
          Just like there are lottery winners every day.

          You can't win it if you're not in it! 

          lasas3

          An onion a day keeps everyone away!!!

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            Posted: July 31, 2007, 6:53 am - IP Logged

            I agree with the "gotta be in it to win it" mentality.  It only costs a buck for some good daydreams during the day.  When I get discouraged I go back to the day when two co-workers told me I was wasting my time and money.  I have yet to prove them wrong and that gives me all the more impetus for playing the next drawing.

            Posted 4/6:  IL Pick 3 midday and evening until they hit:  555, 347 (str8).


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              Posted: July 31, 2007, 9:12 am - IP Logged

              I agree with the "gotta be in it to win it" mentality.  It only costs a buck for some good daydreams during the day.  When I get discouraged I go back to the day when two co-workers told me I was wasting my time and money.  I have yet to prove them wrong and that gives me all the more impetus for playing the next drawing.

              I Agree!  I agree with Chucky( Rick G  )

              I'll never stop playing....

               

                                             

                            

               

               

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                Posted: July 31, 2007, 11:18 am - IP Logged

                I agree with the "gotta be in it to win it" mentality.  It only costs a buck for some good daydreams during the day.  When I get discouraged I go back to the day when two co-workers told me I was wasting my time and money.  I have yet to prove them wrong and that gives me all the more impetus for playing the next drawing.

                Rick G

                 Agreed.  When people tell me about "better chances of being hit by ligtning", etc... I tell them, "Well tyour chances are much, much better if you have a ticket than if you don't".

                I see no harm in throwing a buck or two at a jackpot drawing. Harm comes in when someone starts playing playing most of their paycheck on it because they "know" they're going to win it.  

                Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                Lep

                There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                  Posted: August 1, 2007, 7:21 am - IP Logged

                  Rick G

                   Agreed.  When people tell me about "better chances of being hit by ligtning", etc... I tell them, "Well tyour chances are much, much better if you have a ticket than if you don't".

                  I see no harm in throwing a buck or two at a jackpot drawing. Harm comes in when someone starts playing playing most of their paycheck on it because they "know" they're going to win it.  

                  Totally agree with your last sentence.  It remains "fun" and a "game" when you limit your bets to a buck or two.  If you're upset at losing a lottery drawing, you are probably spending too much on it.

                  Posted 4/6:  IL Pick 3 midday and evening until they hit:  555, 347 (str8).


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                    Posted: August 1, 2007, 9:10 am - IP Logged

                    I say yes.

                    Gonna win.Big Smile

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                      Posted: August 1, 2007, 11:11 am - IP Logged

                      I voted no.

                      For a lot of people the only bright spot all week or twice a week is just before the drawing and then there is the big let down.  But if they didn't buy the ticket they wouldn't have that short little dream.

                      Look what a bottle of soda costs and it just plays heck with the blood sugar.

                      I know the odds are ridiculous but then so is life.

                      One shot is better than none.

                      Super8

                      Fortunes of dreamt of ... and then lost.

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                        Posted: August 1, 2007, 11:15 am - IP Logged

                        I voted no.

                        For a lot of people the only bright spot all week or twice a week is just before the drawing and then there is the big let down.  But if they didn't buy the ticket they wouldn't have that short little dream.

                        Look what a bottle of soda costs and it just plays heck with the blood sugar.

                        I know the odds are ridiculous but then so is life.

                        One shot is better than none.

                        Super8

                        Fortunes of dreamt of ... and then lost.

                        i am definitely one of those people who has that bright spot before the powerball or megamillion drawing each week but at least i do have that moment before the loss and ill have another one tonight before the powerball and ill keep staying positive about winning

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                          Posted: August 1, 2007, 11:18 am - IP Logged

                          Yes.  But I think a lot of things are a waste of money.  If you go out to dinner and spend $50 for 2 people, you know where it ends up the next day.  At least with a lottery ticket, there's a chance it will last a lifetime. 

                          When I eat Chinese food I don't have to wait until the next day to find out where the money went, lol.

                          I love doubles and remember, it's just a game!!!!!!

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                            Posted: August 1, 2007, 11:25 am - IP Logged

                            A correction:

                            "Fortunes are dreamt of... and then lost."

                            I work with a fellow that has played every Florida State Lotto for $25.00 each drawing. Since it started he has played the same numbers, when it went to two drawing are week he still played the same amount.  June 6th this year he hit five of six for the second time.

                            He doesn't think about slowing down and he couldn't even tell you the odds.

                            But he still gets excited with each drawing.

                            I don't really agree with his thinking but then, if he wants to spend it, it's his money and the more power to him.

                            I buy my own picks but I realize that it's more of a donation to someone else's pot. 

                            But then again you never know.

                            Super8

                            "Fortunes are won.. and lost"

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                              Posted: August 1, 2007, 11:28 am - IP Logged

                              I voted "to think this way is negative."  I could have chose "Maybe" - For those who spend way to much money trying to get that "Big One", but if you don't play you can't win. I also could have chose, "This is my only hope of getting out of the rat race"

                              I love doubles and remember, it's just a game!!!!!!